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Tips for Keeping Your Dental Implants Clean and Healthy

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POSTED ON May 3, 2022

After going to such great lengths to achieve a healthy and beautiful smile with dental implants in Bellevue, you’ll want to do what it takes to keep your implants looking great for years. Be glad to know that taking care of your new teeth isn’t rocket science. We’ve put together some tips to help you get started.

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How to Keep Your Dental Implants Clean

Use a Soft-Bristled Toothbrush

A nylon toothbrush has soft and pliable bristles that gently clean your dental implants. For this reason, it won’t hurt your gums, cause bleeding, or scratch the surface of your implants the way medium- or hard-bristled options do.

Brush at Least Twice a Day

Brushing your teeth at least twice a day helps get rid of soft plaque before it turns into tartar. Plaque typically forms twelve hours after brushing. Without consistent oral hygiene, plaque hardens into position about 24 to 72 hours after it starts to build up.

Although dental implants can’t get cavities the same way your natural teeth do, they can still accumulate plaque and tartar. Brushing at least twice a day for two to three minutes each time allows you to remove soft plaque on the surface of implants before this bacteria-laden substance irritates or inflames the implant’s surrounding gum tissue

Floss Once Daily

Food particles stuck between your teeth and plaque building up around your implants will lead to gum disease. For this reason, dental health experts recommend flossing at least once a day.

Moreover, it’s best to get the job done using unwaxed tape specifically designed for dental implants. Using a floss threader makes it easier to maneuver in the hard-to-reach areas. This cleaning tool consists of a small handheld device with a stiff, flat edge on one end and a loop on the other.

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